[B-Greek] KERDAINW: Not a liquid?

Scott Kennedy dustiescott222755 at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 6 00:06:53 EST 2008

This is a great brain puzzler! From a quick search of the TLG, the form can first be seen in Herodotus' future infinitive KERDHSESQAI, but then it does not appear in any work before the Hellenic Age, which would seem to be a good indication it is a feature of Ionic Greek. As to the proposed origin of this feature, I would say it comes from the original form KERDANEW in the future where the AN proved unstable and the verb was for a time KERDEW from which you get if you regularize it KERDHSW and KERDHSA, which appear frequently in the New Testament and Josephus afterwords. If it helps, the Modern Greeks got sick of the irregular verb and have almost regularized it with κερδίζω, κέρδισα, κερδήθηκα, κερδισμένος, in which the passive aorist κερδήθηκα still retains a last bit of Koine Greek's attempt to regularize the verb.
Scott Kennedy  > Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 19:42:53 -0800> From: javajedi2 at yahoo.com> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org> Subject: [B-Greek] KERDAINW: Not a liquid?> > Based upon the Aorist form KERDHSA, it appears that KERDAINW is not acting like a liquid, but Nu is a liquid consonant. Why doesn't this behave like q normal liquid, such as MENW in the 1 Aorist? Thanks.> > Ken> > > > ---> B-Greek home page: http://www.ibiblio.org/bgreek> B-Greek mailing list> B-Greek at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-greek
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